What a dream it was of tropical splendour of bloom and blossom, and Oriental conflagrations of costume….”
So wrote Mark Twain, inspired by a drive from Colombo to the Galle Face Green, during which he became enamoured of Ceylon’s vivid character. Many travellers have been enthralled by this emerald teardrop, our island home.
Another, Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, penned “I write these lines with a pad upon my knee, heaving upon the long roll of the Indian Ocean running large and grey under a grey streaked sky with the rain-swept hills of Ceylon just one shade greyer, lining the Eastern skyline”.
The Galle Face Hotel, as it has for the past 153 years, offers explorers and travellers rest and respite in the spirit of the greatest colonial explorers. Served overlooking the majestic Indian Ocean, we offer light meals and deftly prepared morsels. The most refreshing of quenchers, freshly brewed tea, is always available.
We are, however, rightly acclaimed for a sophisticated and creative cocktail list that is imbued with the spirit of famous travellers past who have graced our shores. A full range of spirituous liquors and fermented libations are offered.
- Opening time – 10.00 am
- Closing time – 12.00 am
Restaurants & Dining
King of the Mambo
A Mediterranean restaurant with a Cuban soul, where you can drink, dine, & dance to the beat of the Mambo. View Details
1864 Limited Edition
The 1864 is a fine dining restaurant at the Galle Face Hotel with indoor seating, a stunning view of the ocean, offering an unparalleled dining experience. View Details
We're located in a picturesque scenic area where you can unwind, relax and enjoy watching the sunset as you sip our signature cocktails. View Details
In on the Green
Facing the Galle Face Road, In... on the green offers casual dining and drinking in a pub atmosphere with live music, sports viewings and quiz nights during the week. View Details
For more than a century and a half, we’ve had adventurers, authors, generals and gentry dining under the eaves of the Verandah. View Details